"Show Me The Evidence"- Taylor's Professor of Medicine and Alumni Offer Up Some Facts at the Cochrane Colloquium in S. Korea

The focus of this year’s Cochrane Colloquium in Seoul was on the harm of over-diagnosis, and an academic staff member from the School of Medicine worked with two Taylor’s alumni and a range of international collaborators to identify whether patient-important outcomes are represented in neonatal trials.

The Cochrane Colloquium is an annual conference organised by the Cochrane Collaboration, the leading proponent of evidence based health care in the world. The theme for this year's colloquium was "Challenges to Evidence Based Health Care", and there was a particular emphasis on the harm of over-diagnosis and other unnecessary medical interventions. The colloquium represents a gathering of the top minds and most influential voices in the fields of health care research - especially in evidence synthesis, including clinician-researchers, research administrators, information specialists, health care policy makers as well as consumers and health care journalists. The 24th Cochrane Colloquium took place in Seoul (S. Korea) and there were over 850-participants from 54-countries who attended the conference.

Dr. Lai Nai Ming an Associate Professor in the Taylor's School of Medicine, was a recipient of the colloquium stipend (travel award) for his contributions over the past 12 years. Over the years has been active in authoring, refereeing, training and capacity building in Cochrane review developments in Malaysia and Asia Pacific region, and for his roles in the past and the current Cochrane Colloquia. At this year's colloquium, Dr. Lai presented two posters papers. The first was titled "How often are patient-important outcomes represented in neonatal randomised controlled trials? An assessment of Cochrane neonatal reviews". The second paper focused on "How conclusive are Cochrane neonatal reviews?" The studies reported in both posters were the result of international multi-institutional collaboration, involving Taylor's School of Medicine, Monash University (Malaysia), Naresuan University (Thailand) and the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group(USA).

The research team for the first study on patient-important outcomes also comprised of two Taylor's alumni who are now doctors. Dr. Chow Wen Li and Dr. Denise Leom Yin Xian were graduates from the inaugural batch of medical students in the Taylor's School of Medicine. As Dr. Lai said, "Their initiative and commitment to acquire skills in clinical research while waiting for their housemanship placement have earned them international recognition at the highest level". To find out more about the School of Medicine at Taylor's University click here.